I pulled my last bag of shredded zucchini out of the freezer this week.
Homemade dog treats were on the agenda.
That last bag of shredded zucchini came from last summer’s backyard garden..
The land on which my house sits in Spokane Valley used to be farm land. When I dig into the ground to plant my gardens every spring, rocks — tons of rocks — come up to the surface.
This area used to be known for its cantaloupes. Spokane Valley shipped cantaloupes out to the entire nation in the 1920s and ’30s, the practice only interrupted by the onset of the Second World War.
(When I first moved here, I volunteered at the local history museum. I absorbed a LOT of random information.)
It means I can grow most squash varieties like a mofo. To the point where I have more zucchini every summer than I know what to do with.
Scratch that. I know what to do with it. Bella gets homemade dog treats.
Bella’s homemade dog treats
My seedlings for this year’s garden are ready to go in the ground. If Mother Nature would just cooperate and warm up! It’s been barely above freezing for the last week.
The old wives’ tale around these parts is to wait until Mother’s Day or until you can’t see snow on Mica Peak. Whichever happens first.
It will still be a good couple of months before I get full-grown zucchini ready for more homemade dog treats.
In the meantime, Bella will have to suffer with this being the last batch.
The baking of the treats
Shortly after I moved here in 2015 my husband bought me one of these bad boys, thinking I would be a most excellent homemaker.
Ell. Oh. Ell.
He had no idea.
I pull it out every once in a while for Bella’s homemade dog treats and the odd batch of red velvet cupcakes. (They’re amazing.)
To start, I take a cup of shredded zucchini:
Add a half cup of peanut butter, a half cup of almond flour (we think Bella is allergic to wheat-based flour) and some cinnamon for aromatics.
Then I scoop the batter into these adorable silicone baking mats:
And bake at 350F for 20 minutes.
The ultimate question is “are my homemade dog treats any good?”
I sampled the batter myself. I mean, peanut butter … how can you go wrong?
And then I asked the expert:
She seems to like them. I’ll take that as a five-star review.
All around the circle
Did you know that baking time varies with your altitude? That’s something I had to learn while living in Calgary. It can really mess with what you read in cookbooks!
I love making homemade dog treats for Bella. It makes me feel a little bit closer to her and it lends to everything I’m learning by reading Forever Dog.
Our pet photographers blog circle is focused this week on what we make for our pets. It’s a fun little sidestep away from dog photography for a week.
When you get to the bottom of Courtney’s post, click the next link in the circle and then keep going to magical places like Minnesota, the DFW in Texas and Milan, Italy, until you find yourself back here to my homemade dog treats with homegrown zucchini.
That’s when you know you’re home.
Right where you belong.